WASHINGTON (AP) — Washington National Cathedral says it has raised $2 million to cover restoration work after last year’s earthquake severely damaged the building.

But the cathedral said Wednesday it must still raise $18 million to complete repairs and stabilization of its hand-carved stonework. The announcement comes six months after the 5.8-magnitude earthquake in August damaged four main spires on the cathedral’s central tower and cracked other parts of the building.

The estimated cost of repairing the building has risen from $15 million to $20 million.

Officials say they have raised another $5 million since the earthquake to support the cathedral’s operating budget, which has suffered in recent years.

The Rev. Dr. Francis H. Wade, interim dean of the cathedral, says support has come from across the country.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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